The upcoming version of Mastodon (2.6) will have improved support for so-called circles (a group of recipients that is less than all your followers)
Mastodon itself does not implement circles, mind you, but e.g. Hubzilla does, and any ActivityPub server could.
Prior to this patch, such messages would appear as DMs with a large number of recipients in Mastodon. After the patch, they will appear just like normal private posts.
@Gargron Yay! Is circles implementation on the roadmap? I'd love it.
@Gargron that's how a lot of the impactful changes tend to be
@Gargron i used the crap out of this in Facebook and Google+.
@Gargron the best work is invisible
@Gargron I still dream about a feature that i can use to filter both local and public timeline so i dont see toots from my home timeline into my local and public timeline, i dont like to see again posts from people who i already follow into my local and public timeline.
That's a good dream that makes sense. I would also add a feature so that it's possible to only show the latest toot from each person I follow. With a note saying +x unread posts. That way no one can take up all the space in my home feed.
Also i dont know if its only me, but when i follow or post with other instances from my phone it has a delay
@carlosceb Yes it has a delay. I use an android app and the delay is long and irregular. I believe it's because the developer for ideological reasons didn't want to use standard Google notifications. Or maybe some other reason?
If I can get a small company going it might be possible to get normal speed. It could be a choice to turn it off for those who don't want fast notifications. The reason might be for privacy?
You are right
@Gargron That’s sounds very nice! When can we expect the next version release?
@Gargron I'm somewhat confused on exactly what this would look like or what exactly it is? Could you provide a few preliminary screenshots for us please :)
@Gargron Circles are the one feature I loved from Google+
Awesome!!! As a G+ user, that's a great function!
This is the feature that I'm waiting for. Cause I'm always using this for posting to group of my family in Google+.
@Gargron I don't really understand the concept behind "circles", what it will be userful for?
@Gargron Great news! Now the creation of such toots is the next natural thing to do \o/
@Gargron circles == lists?
@Gargron How are 'versions' of Mastodon exposed to the user?
Can an average user sitting on say the mastodon.social instance, tooting regularly, see a version number somewhere?
How would we know when a version change has happened?
@Gargron this is really cool! I’ve longed for a LiveJournal-like access model and this brings it closer.
Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!